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April 2021
$700

Cob Oven & Benches & Work Table at the Muddy Mule Farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains

April 25 - May 2
The Muddy Mule Farm,
Aptos, CA United States

*This is organized as a 7-day workshop, but we are accepting part-time participation for 4, 5 & 6 days* HOST & LOCATION & PROJECT Dave & Lindsey  and their tribe will be our hosts for this week-long traditional wood-fired Cob Oven, Benches & Work Table workshop, in the mountains of Santa Cruz.  In their words: Our family is living the Big Foot life with a small footprint in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains.  Other than our family yurt, we spend…

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May 2021
$499

Introduction to Cob Workshop

May 10 - May 14
Unnamed Venue,
Jonesborough, TN United States

Dates: May 10 – May 14, 2021 (YES. We are still having the workshop as scheduled.) Location: Jonesborough, Tennessee Come and join us in beautiful eastern Tennessee for our next Introduction to Cob Workshop! We will be constructing a cob house. A perfect project for beginners and experts alike! You will get the knowledge to build cob projects scaling from smaller things, such as cob ovens and benches, up to large projects like homes and buildings. This workshop is a…

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$625

5-Day Cob + Straw Immersion

May 14 - May 18
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$625 Early Bird Discount (register before April 15th, 2020) $750 Regular Fee 10% discount for family + friends participating together! Join us in constructing a meditation cottage with natural materials! We will build cob walls using an engineered forming system, as well as strawbale and slip-straw walls. Many of the materials we use will be harvested directly from the site, in combination with other locally-sourced products. This class is designed so that you leave with the knowledge to take on…

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$85

One-Day VersaTerra Primer

May 15 @ 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
House Alive,
7540 Griffin Lane, Jacksonville, OR 97530 United States

One-day VersaTerra Primer Two Dates: Saturday, May 15th & Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 Location: House Alive homestead, Jacksonville, Oregon Cost: $85 Includes our book “House of Earth” wood-fired pizza and music Bring your own sack lunch and B.Y.O.B for the pizza party Class size: 18 Go here to see the House Alive Covid Policy Join us for a day of learning, mixing materials and seeing all the things you can do with earthen construction. This one-day class is a perfect introduction to building with earth…

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$2500

VersaTerra Plus 35-day Complete Cob Cabin

May 17 - June 18
Rosewater Ranch,
30 minutes northwest of Reno, Reno, NV 89512 United States

Complete Cob & Natural Building Workshop with Earthen Oven This workshop is offered through the “Be the Change Project“ Go here for the full workshop description & House Alive/Be the Change Project Covid Policy Maximum Class Size: 12 students Instructors: Kyle Isacksen with Katy Chandler, Jonathan Vocke and Kathleen O’Brien Cost: $2500​ This includes all meals (vegetarian with meat options on occasion), coffee & tea, a lovely place to pitch your tent, our book “House of Earth” (we’ll send you a copy before the…

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CDN$747

Introduction to Fast Cob and Natural Plaster and Paints

May 20 @ 3:30 pm - May 24 @ 11:00 am
Lasqueti Island,
1 Beautiful Bicycle Lane, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0 Canada

We introduced this Short Course in 2019 and it has been a great success since. You’ll get a full sense of our Fast Cob technique, and you’ll know how to finish buildings naturally, from base layer to finish layer and even whitewash. Everything we use is completely natural and everything you learn can be done anywhere on the planet. Just be warned, this short course is not enough to go off and start building a home on your own without…

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$625

5-Day Foundations, Cob + Straw Immersion

May 26 - May 30
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$625 Early Bird Discount (register before April 15th, 2020) $750 Regular Fee 10% discount for family + friends participating together! This is the combination of our 2-day Foundations offering, and our 3-Day Immersion course (see all our offerings on our website, www.muddauberbuilding.com). Many participants who leave our Immersion courses have asked for more opportunities to practice foundation-building skills, as it is a very important and sometimes intimidating part of a long-lasting building. Join us for the full experience of both…

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$250

2-Day Hands-on Foundations

May 26 - May 27
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$250 Early Bird Discount (register before April 15th, 2020) $300 Regular Fee 10% discount for family + friends participating together! Join us to learn the basics of building a long-lasting, stable foundation. We will be building a foundation for a natural garden wall. After completing excavation work, and installing a rubble-trench footing system, we will then move on to construct three different stem-wall systems: CMUs (concrete blocks), poured concrete, and dry-stacked stone. You will learn:  –       excavating for a foundation…

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$375

3-Day Cob + Straw Immersion

May 28 - May 30
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$375 Early Bird Discount (register before April 15th, 2020) $450 Regular Fee 10% discount for family + friends participating together! We will cover a lot of material in 3 days! Our focus will be on continuing work on the garden wall that surrounds our dining/gathering space. This includes completing the top of an existing wall with cob, building a completely new portion of wall with cob, strawbale, and slip-straw wall systems, and applying earthen and lime plasters. If time allows,…

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June 2021
$125

1-Day Natural Building Intro

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$125 Early Bird Discount (register before May 5th, 2020) $150 Regular Fee 10% discount for family + friends participating together! Join us in constructing a garden wall on our campus, using the clay from beneath our feet and straw from a local farmer! This is a great beginner project that provides you with the basic knowledge of how to build a strong, long-lasting cob wall. We will mix and build with cob all morning, and then get our hands dirty…

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$375

3-Day Cob + Straw Immersion

June 11 - June 13
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$375 Early Bird Discount (register before May 5th, 2020) $450 Regular Fee 10% discount for family + friends participating together! We will cover a lot of material in 3 days! Our focus will be on continuing work on the garden wall that surrounds our dining/gathering space. This includes completing the top of an existing wall with cob, building a completely new portion of wall with cob, strawbale, and slip-straw wall systems, and applying earthen and lime plasters. If time allows,…

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$125

1-Day Natural Building Intro

June 19 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$125 Early Bird Discount (register before May 5th, 2020) $150 Regular Fee 10% discount for family + friends participating together! Join us in constructing a garden wall using the clay from beneath our feet and straw from a local farmer! This is a great beginner project that provides you with the basic knowledge of how to build a strong, long-lasting cob wall. We will mix and build with cob all morning, and then get our hands dirty with natural plasters…

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$850

7-Day Cob Oven and Natural Building Overview

June 20 @ 9:00 am - June 26 @ 2:00 pm
Heart Song Sanctuary,
658 Co. Rt. 6, High Falls, NY 12440 United States

The focus of this class will be the construction of a cob bread/pizza oven from start to finish. Students will build the stone foundation, firebrick hearth, cob dome structure, and finish the oven with earthen plasters. In addition, we will build a cob bench, plaster an existing straw bale building, and complete the living roof of an adjacent structure. What to expect: Our days will be spent engaged in hands-on building and learning with natural materials. Expect a rich week…

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$499

Introduction to Cob Workshop

June 21 - June 25
Unnamed Venue,
Jonesborough, TN United States

Dates: June 21 – June 25, 2021 (YES. We are still having the workshop as scheduled.) Location: Jonesborough, Tennessee Come and join us in beautiful eastern Tennessee for our next Introduction to Cob Workshop! We will be constructing a cob house. A perfect project for beginners and experts alike! You will get the knowledge to build cob projects scaling from smaller things, such as cob ovens and benches, up to large projects like homes and buildings. This workshop is a…

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$375

3-Day Cob + Straw Immersion

June 25 - June 27
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$375 Early Bird Discount (register before May 5th, 2020) $450 Regular Fee 10% discount for family + friends participating together! We will cover a lot of material in 3 days! Our focus will be continuing work on a meditation hut and a natural garden wall, at a beautiful rural property near Saxapahaw, NC (about 20 minutes from the Mud Dauber Campus). This includes learning all of the basics of building with cob and straw wall systems, as well as mixing…

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